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Houston Astros hire Mt. Lebanon grad Don Kelly as first base coach

Doug Gulasy
| Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Butler native and Mt. Lebanon graduate Don Kelly, who played for the Miami Marlins, is now the first base coach for the Houston Astros.
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Butler native and Mt. Lebanon graduate Don Kelly, who played for the Miami Marlins, is now the first base coach for the Houston Astros.

Don Kelly is moving from the Major League Baseball scouting ranks to coaching.

The Houston Astros hired Kelly, a Butler native and Mt. Lebanon graduate who played nine seasons in the majors, as their first base coach.

Kelly hit .230 with 23 home runs and 98 RBIs from 2007-16 as a utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins. The Tigers hired him as a scout and player development assistant in February 2017, and he was promoted to a major league scout in September 2017.

A former Point Park star, Kelly was taken by the Tigers in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He is the brother-in-law of former Pirate Neil Walker.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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